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  • January 14, 2016 10:23 AM | Bryan Peterson (Administrator)

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Lipsky, Rachel S -FS <rslipsky@fs.fed.us>
    To: Undisclosed recipients:;
    Sent: Thu, Jan 14, 2016 9:39 am
    Subject: FS seeks comments on Sultan Roads Draft EA

    Dear Interested Parties,

    The long-awaited draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Sultan Roads Improvement and Decommissioning project is ready for your review. The 30-day comment period officially begins tomorrow, January 15th. Project information and a description of how to submit comments are in the attached letter. SultanPublicCommentLtrSigned.pdf  The Draft EA is not attached due to size. It may be downloaded from: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=38459.

    Thank you,




    Rachel Lipsky
    Environmental Coordinator

    Forest Service

    Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

    Snoqualmie and Skykomish Ranger Districts

    phone: 425-888-8750
    fax: 425-888-1910

    902 S.E. North Bend Way
    North Bend, WA 98045

    Caring for the land and serving people

  • January 13, 2016 1:49 PM | Bryan Peterson (Administrator)


    Auburn Car Repair & Offroad Shows Strong Support for OHV Advocacy. 

    SEATTLE, WA - January 12, 2016 - Auburn Car Repair & Offroad (ACRO) has donated $1,000.00 to the Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (WOHVA) in support of OHV advocacy. John Mathews, ACRO owner said "I felt it was time to give back and I really like what WOHVA is doing in support of OHV users across Washington State." He went on to say, "We're a family owned auto repair & 4x4 shop in Auburn, Washington. We're also passionate about offroad recreation and have made support of OHV advocacy a part of our business model. I know this is the right thing to do and I challenge my fellow businesspeople to join me in putting their money to work. In 2016, ACRO will donate a portion of our sales to support motorized recreation." 

    "We're absolutely honored to have the support of John and his crew," said Byron Stuck, WOHVA's President. "This donation will be used to support our legislative lobbyist on the ground in Olympia. Having a full time presence during the legislative session is key to our success!"

    Please support those that support us!

    Auburn Car Repair & Offroad
    (253) 939-5019
  • September 03, 2014 4:29 PM | Paul Yelk

    Fire restrictions/bans are slowly being lifted, but not all jurisdictions are lifting them at the same time. So if you are heading out, please check with the land managers to find out what, if any, restrictions remain in effect.

  • August 26, 2014 5:22 PM | Paul Yelk
    DOL has updated their website! It now contains correct information on how to register your ATV in Washington State.

    The items you will receive has NOT changed (reference our initial post!)!

    Complete information here: Licensing Wheeled All-Terrain Vehicles

    July 27, 2014 9:36 PM | Paul Yelk

    DOL has updated the declaration form you need when registering your ATV for on-road use. Be sure to download the NEW declaration form from the DOL website: Wheeled All-Terrain Vehicle Road Use Declaration Form

  • July 27, 2014 9:36 PM | Paul Yelk

    DOL has updated the declaration form you need when registering your ATV for on-road use. Be sure to download the NEW declaration form from the DOL website: Wheeled All-Terrain Vehicle Road Use Declaration Form

  • July 26, 2014 1:16 PM | Paul Yelk

    Here's the latest information on registering your ATV in Washington State. We will update as additional information becomes available.

    See this document: Registering Your ATV Washington State July 25, 2014

  • July 21, 2014 3:39 PM | Paul Yelk

    BLM has placed fire restrictions on all their lands in central and eastern Washington (no word yet on north ID BLM lands): BLM Announces Fire Restrictions in Eastern and Central Washington

  • April 05, 2014 10:33 AM | Paul Yelk
    E-mail from Region 6, USFS in Portland concerning opening roads in the Okanogan NF (they are incorrectly referring to SB1632; it should be HB1632):

    I think this clears up the fact that the Okanogan-Wenatchee NFs have not opened their roads to OHV use under HB1632.

    Paul Yelk

    -------- Original Message --------
    From: Fitzpatrick, Jen -FS
    Sent: Friday, March 21, 2014 7:22 AM
    To: Balboni, Mike -FS; Hanson, Maureen R -FS
    Cc: Roundy, Jeffrey V -FS; WAH, MARCUS - OGC; Way, Frederick L -FS; Tippie, Mike -FS; Collins, Rick -FS; Heath, Becki L -FS; Hyzer, Maureen -FS; Harrison, Rebecca - OGC; Lavendel, Claire -FS; Newman, Craig -FS; West, Laura Jo -FS; Eberlien, Jennifer -FS; Fitzpatrick, Jen -FS; Kuennen, Steve -FS; Clayton, Janine -FS; Smelser, Garth -FS; Martin, Kevin D -FS; Laford, Reta -FS Linares, Jose -FS; Darden, Christy A -FS; Pilip-Florea, Shoshona M -FS; Levy, Sarah A -FS

    Subject: SB 1632 & ATV Use on Okanogan Wenatchee

    I would like to thank everyone for their participation and discussion around this issue this week. After dialogue amongst LEI, OGC, RO Engineering, RO Recreation, and the Forest to understand intent and gain clarity on the nuances of Washington State’s new ATV law (SB 1632) and agency policy & direction, we provide the following summary and guidance from the RO/OGC/LEI to the Forest.

    Issue: The Okanogan-Wenatchee’s proposed stance states that SB 1632 applies to roads on their forest since they do not have an MVUM, and that properly equipped ATVs as per SB 1632 can operate on their roads unless this use is restricted with an order.

    This interpretation:
    x Is incorrect because SB 1632 does not apply to non-highway roads, which as defined by the State, include NFS roads.
    x Creates inconsistencies and complexities for the region and other
    Washington Forests in trying to explain to the public how/why SB 1632 could apply to the Okanogan-Wenatchee, but not on other WA state Forests
    x Would require motorized mixed use analyses on all roads that allowed ATVs because ATVs are not highway legal vehicles as defined by the agency

    Option 1 – Until Okanogan-Wenatchee MVUM is published, the Forest makes no change from current management of motor vehicle use on Forest roads. Steps the Forest needs to take are:
    x Create and communicate talking points indicating that SB1632 did not affect current management of motor vehicle use on Forest roads including ATV use – it is business as usual.

    Option 2 – Until their MVUM is published, the Forest provides the public with something (list or map) that indicates where these ATVs as newly defined in SB 1632 will be allowed on Forest roads. Steps the Forest needs to take are:

    x Develop list or map delineating these authorized roads including any requirements (eg – "WA state properly licensed and equipped ATV’s as per SB 1632 are authorized to operate on all open, unpaved roads on the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest")

    x Complete motorized mixed use analyses for those roads where motorized mixed use would now be occurring. ATVs are not highway legal vehicles as defined by the agency.
    If you have follow-up questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

    Jen Fitzpatrick
    Assistant Director, R6 Recreation, Lands, & Minerals
    (503) 808-2438 Office
    (503) 807-8800 Cell
    (503) 808-2429 Fax
  • April 05, 2014 10:30 AM | Paul Yelk
    If you recreate in the Blue Mountains area, this will impact you:

    The Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests (collectively referred to as the Blue Mountains National Forests) have combined efforts and established the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision team to revise their land and resource management plans (also referred to as forest plans or plans). The current plans are being revised to address substantial resource and social changes on the three national forests and to include new scientific information.

    While Forest Plans do not make decisions on site-specific Travel Management Planning (TMP), they do impact the overall areas within the forest where travel may be allowed so if you recreate in any of these three national forest, you should be involved to ensure continued access to your favorite area(s).

    More information is available at the following website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/umatilla/home/?cid=STELPRDB5247447
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